Today I have a guest post from blogger Marina Salsbury, who discusses a new $99 tablet designed specifically for education. Guest posts are always welcome. Please drop me a line if you are interested.
As technology continues to grow and further develop, its
reaches and depths are also expanding. Currently, technology is involved in all
aspects of society and is seeping into new arenas as well. With this
development has come the advent of new technologies to be utilized in new ways
and different places.
One area that has benefited from the advancement of technology is education.
Research shows that technology offers education several advantageous
opportunities. Any variety of technology benefits education by further
involving students in learning, engaging students in group work activities, and
increasing student-to-student as well as student-to-teacher involvement. Technology also
enhances resource availability as well as offers new learning opportunities,
potentially decreases educational costs, and expands the teaching and learning
According to Online
MBA, designing a product today must make life easier by
responding to needs that customers didn't know they had. Marvell has the answer
for all this by asking, “What is the most beneficial, cost-effective, usable
piece of technology on the educational market today?” The company has recently
introduced its newest piece of technology, the Moby tablet, and is launching a
campaign to restructure and the intersection between technology and education.
At $99, the Moby, in conjunction with the Mobylize initiative, is aimed at
offering a quality product at a feasible price to align the focus of education
in line with today’s changing societal progress.
In its attempt to create and offer this quality product, Marvell designed the
Moby with a variety of useful features. The Moby contains a Marvell Armada
600-series microprocessor. This piece ensures expedient and reliable internal
processing and operates at one of the highest level of processing. The design
also offers a video chip equipped to achieve 1080p video as well as some
3-dimensional graphics. The system itself is capable of processing on either
the Microsoft Windows or Google Android operating system. The Moby also offers
the option of a 10-inch or 7-inch screen size to offer variability in the method
While the Moby serves a range of purposes, it's designed to serve as an
educational piece. The Mobylize phenomenon is a specific mission
of the Marvell company to enable and empower teachers and students by
expanding the current horizons of tablet computing. To do so, the Moby is
configured to facilitate different varieties of learning interactions. For
example, by linking the tablet to different devices, the system will be able to
facilitate guided instruction activities in which the teacher leads and the
students follow. Such learning might include a manipulative digital experiment
or web-based lesson. The Moby can also facilitate collaborative learning by
allowing students to work together via interconnected tab interfaces or group
work activities. The Moby's offerings are also age-specific to garner optimal
interaction for all students. To include parents in the learning process, this
tablet also offers a parental organization piece that allows the parent to
track the student’s grades, homework assignments, activities, and other
important involvement. For the teacher, the Moby has features that permit
specific lesson structuring, grade recording, noting calendar events, and other
important organizational features. The educator features place all the
teacher’s important information and abilities all in one easily-transportable
place. The Moby is literally taking the classroom to a whole new virtual world.
In the words of Mobylize, “By improving technology adoption in America's
classrooms, we can give students the power to learn, create, connect and
collaborate in entirely new ways”.The Moby will ensure that the initial step is
taken and, in turn, will change the world (of education at least).